noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər \

Essential Meaning of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill a proud and brave warrior

Full Definition of warrior

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors
Recent Examples on the Web Icelandic Norse warrior Thorolf Skallagrimsson slays Earl Hring at the Battle of Brunanburh in 937. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 The way Jean sees the world, everybody tries to keep this good warrior down but at least his beloved wife is loyal to him. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 When he was born in June 1982, William took his first name would take from the warrior who was crowned King on Christmas Day. Robert Lacey, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Was the handsome blond warrior a favorite of the aging, lustful Empress Zoe? Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 My father wanted to name me Salah Al-Din, after the famous Muslim warrior often referred to as Saladin. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 At the core of astrology, cosmic warrior, is the enduring belief that the human spirit mirrors the universe: Both are beautifully diverse and infinitely mysterious. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 Friends described Gee, through tears, as a consummate warrior, killed in a suicide bombing outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2021 As a warrior, Kimeli is trained to rush to the scene of crisis. CNN, 11 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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“Warrior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrior. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər \

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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